Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 2: Hallowed

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Hallowed (Unearthly Series Book Two)

Author: Cynthia Hand
Publication Date: January 24th, 2012

And I thought I thought the cover of the first book was amazing. I love the blue cover on Hallowed!! And the background is gorgeous! I have never really seen any books with blue covers so this one really stands out to me!
I absolutely loved the first book in this series (Unearthly) so of course I am super excited for this one! Everything about this book sounds amazing, especially since the last book was left on a cliffhanger. January please hurry up!!!!

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 1

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should be Reading

Current Read:
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Random Page Number: 182

Two Sentences:
"You're just making this up now," I said after a pause. "Your middle name is not James, as in James Bond."

Comment Below and Let me know what you think!
What are you all reading this tuesday?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot Review

Title: Abandon
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
304 pages

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

My Review:

Another great YA book that takes a great spin on the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades!

I have read a few of Meg Cabot's books, and I have to say that this one was probably one of my favorites, not just because it had some Greek mythology in it, but the story was really unique.

When I first picked this book up from my library, the main thing that caught my eye was the cover! It's so unique and I loved the gold outline mixed with the brown.

One of the best parts about this book was the romance between Pierce and John. I like when authors drag out a romance and make the readers wait for that epic moment when the couple will be together!

At times, however, this book could be a little bit confusing because of the flashback scenes, but otherwise I really liked this book!

Overall, this was a fun read and I can't wait to check out the sequel!

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

Hello fellow readers and bloggers!
In my mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren!

This week I received a couple really good books from my library and I can't wait to share which one's I got!

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Strange Angels
by Lilith Saintcrow

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Sorry for some of the shaky images! My flash was a little too bright.

Thats all I received this week!
What did you receive in your mailbox?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum Review

Name: Die For Me
Publisher: Harperteen
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
341 pages

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.
- Goodreads

My Review:

When I first received this book from my town library I was actually really skeptical. The inside flap was very vague and I had really no clue what type of paranormal teen book this was.
But once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down!!

The first thing that really captivated me was the setting: Paris. I mean who wouldn't want to meet a boy in Paris? Amy Plum does a really excellent job of incorporating the setting in with the novel and it really made me feel that I was actually in Paris watching the story take place.

The relationship between Vincent and Kate was the part that really kept me hooked to the story. I love great love stories, and this book definitely has a great one!
I'm super excited to see Vincent and Kate's relationship grow through the course of this series, especially since they had a few ups and downs during the novel.

If your looking for a paranormal teen book that is very unique and is different then most teen paranormal novels out there, look no further! This is one book you should check out!

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton Review

Name: Angelfire
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 15th, 2011
453 pages

This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember-Goodreads

My Review:
Since the start of this year, the topic of angels really caught my interest. I mean, theres so many books about vampires and werewolves, but books about angels really stood out to me. Angelfire was no exception!
Allison Moulton takes the idea of Angels and makes it her own, which really makes this book so special!

Something that makes this book so unique is that the main character, Ellie, is reincarnated everytime she dies, but cannot remember her past lives. It's fun to see her search throughout the novel to remember her old lives and who she really is.

At times, I was frustrated with the relationship between Will and Ellie, but I liked seeing their relationship progress throughout the novel.

Of course this book ended with a cliffhanger, and the next book Wings of the Wicked, comes out sometime in 2012! Lets hope soon!

If your looking for a good read this summer while at the beach, you should check this book out!

 My Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 1: Juliet Immortal

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Juliet Immortal

Publisher: Delacorte Books
Author: Stacey Jay
Release Date: September 13th, 2011

 How gorgeous is this cover? The girl sitting by the ocean wearing the red dress really catches my eye and really makes me want to read this book!
The plot sounds really interesting..I wonder why Juliet became immortal...
I'm totally in love with any books that are about Romeo and Juliet after reading the actual version last year!
Can't wait to get my hands on this one!

"These violent delights have violent ends 
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, 
Which as they kiss consume." 
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

The most tragic love story in history . . . 

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.- Goodreads

What books are you waiting for this week? Comment below!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Review

Name: Starcrossed
Published: May 31st, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
496 pages

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart. -Goodreads

My Review:
Having always been in love with any type of Greek Mythology books, I was over course in love with Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed. This book was a great blend of both Greek mythology and a modern day love story.

One of the best parts of this novel was how the main character, Helen, seemed so relatable to the reader. Even though she does have powers, many teenager girls would be able to relate to the struggles of high school and boy drama that Helen has to go through with Lucas.

Lucas Delos probably is one of my favorite male characters of all of the young adult novels that I have read. I absolutely adore Lucas and how much he loves Helen and that he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

And the ending!! Cliffhangers are what always gets me at the end of books, and this one leaves a huge one!! I did not see that one coming at all! It's going to be a long wait till next May, when the sequel, Dreamless, comes out.

Overall, if you love Greek mythology and romance combined, then this book is for you! Starcrossed is a fun, unique book and should be read by all!

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

The First Day

Hello Everyone! Today is my first official day as a book blogger! For a long time now, I have been a book lurker: which is someone who goes on goodreads, reads other book blogs, but never reviews any books! Well now things are about to change!

My first review will be up soon!